Sunday Spending: Bare Cupboards.
Friday found us in an abysmal state. Refrigerator-wise. Pantry-wise. Maybe ‘wise’ isn’t the right choice of words. Poor is more accurate.
No eggs. No peanut butter. No Milk. No fruit. Sustenance boiled down to yogurt, granola, cheese, a loaf of sour dough bread, an assortment of veggies and a single can of tuna. Hardly hardship. Just key staples, missing in action. Making this a week of bare cupboards and a weekend of multiple shopping trips.
Not glamour shots of groceries.
Today we got a tower of berries. I’ve a line of some spectacular freebies for jam makin’s, leaving this batch to live in the freezer until wintertime enjoyment. I call that Big Plans.
Bigger still involves being out of town all next weekend, plus Friday and Monday. I’m planning for road trips, snacks, dog sitters, and (more!) time off (although less restful than my last round) and skipping meal plans. Or at least abbreviating them.
Bare cupboards can remain bare a little longer due to big plans. Here’s how we did (including all the trips).
Local Market: $92 over the course of 3 trips, one of them exclusively for beer. Ahem. We did get much needed PB, emergency eggs, cheese, bananas, tortillas, peppers, coffee and chips.
Farmer’s Market: $102. ‘Eghads!’ is what I would say if I didn’t acknowledge that $75 was for previously mentioned tower of berries. Local berries that must be bought NOW or forgone for their inferior companions for the rest of the year. Summertime berries are not optional. We also got good size pork steaks and more eggs.
Weekly Total: $194, putting us at $633 for July. I’m a little meh about that number. All told, for a month of big plans, a month of birthday parties, staying home and not keeping things under close scrutiny, it ain’t bad. Consider that, other than snack shopping, this will be the last trip of July and it’s downright respectable.
How’d you do? I’m considering making Sunday Spending a round up feature, where all of you can post your weekly or monthly totals. Totals, I am sure are far superior to mine. Will it keep us all honest? Are you interested?